So... breastfeeding! I began reading this book about a month before my baby was born. I never finished it before the birth, and after the birth I wasSo... breastfeeding! I began reading this book about a month before my baby was born. I never finished it before the birth, and after the birth I was usually reading on my phone while I breastfed, and if I had doubts or questions I looked them up online (kellymom.com, that's all). Handling an actual physical book while trying to feed the baby just didn't work for me, so that's one reason I didn't give this as much use as I thought I would.
The other reason is that, though I definitely agree that breast is best and I'm all in for exclusive breastfeeding the first six months and to the right of women to breastfeed their babies for as long as they want, the book was still *too* in my face about it. Like, look. You are in the hospital. Perhaps, like me, you ended up having a c-section after labor failed to progress and there was fetal distress and you cried because this was not what you wanted and maybe no one was on board with the whole breast crawl in the operating room and maybe you were exhausted and in pain because you are resistant to painkillers and you are trying to have the baby latch and he just doesn't know how and you don't know how because for all the photos and youtube videos in the world you have only two hands and how exactly do you cup your breast with the c-hold and bring your baby to the breast while keeping his mouth open and positioning and all that shit that later comes super easy? And you cry. And the nurse asks if you want a bottle of formula. You know what? IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. Yes yes nipple confusion and colostrum and all that. My milk didn't come in for about a day and a half and I was offering the baby the breast so if there was colostrum coming out he was having it, but it was also sweltering hot and I kept going through water bottles and this tiny human was having only drops of liquid. I was going mad. In part, with guilt. For offering him a bottle after half an hour of clumsy breast latching. The book did a good job of making me feel like shit (along with a few unhelpful visitors because BREAST BREAST ONLY BREAST DON'T OFFER ANYTHING ELSE) but not much helping. I think it has plenty of great advice, but I could have used a book that told me to calm down and do what I could instead of parroting the same things with these mom-stories confirming that YES BREAST IS BEST BREAST IS BEST BREAST BREAST.
I wasn't lazy. I wanted to do it. I eventually got the hang of it. I do believe breast is best. But let me tell you something: Take it easy. Breastfeeding is hard as it is. Don't cry. You'll get there. And if you need to offer a bottle for the sake of your sanity, then give baby a bottle and don't go down the rabbit hole. ...more
A really interesting read, this book definitely got me thinking about my health in terms of history - not just my personal history, but as a mixed racA really interesting read, this book definitely got me thinking about my health in terms of history - not just my personal history, but as a mixed race, with all the genetic information that implies and all the evolutionary knowledge my body carries without my understanding. I think I really benefited from reading it and trying to re-balance part of my diet, one is so used to the idea that cleaner is better that having this thought challenged really put some perspective into the whole 'organic' movement and all I've been reading about gardening.
O course the human body is an ecosystem! Such an idea had never occurred to me, and yet it is so simple and logic -what in this universe is not a part of something else while being a whole by itself? From the atom to the galaxies, to think that we aren't an ecosystem and that can't be unbalanced by our own actions, it's really naive. We have unbalanced everything else, why not ourselves?
I am not going to go and get myself a worm, but the ideas of the book will certainly be beneficial not just to my health but they are great starting grounds to educate myself on just what kind of ecosystems do I want to cultivate.
I really liked it more than 4 stars -I subtracted half a star because it can get a little repetitive at times, but I think that the subject is complicated enough that it bears repetition. ...more
Quite a lot of fun, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are very human and the story seems to meander, exploring concepts more than plot lines,Quite a lot of fun, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are very human and the story seems to meander, exploring concepts more than plot lines, though eventually everything ties together, even if it feels like the end is a bit rushed and hectic. It felt like watching Howl's movie, which is not a bad thing at all. ...more
Lectura obligada para la maestria, este libro fue el sustituto de una verdadera clase sobre gestion de recursos humanos. De entrada no este la maneraLectura obligada para la maestria, este libro fue el sustituto de una verdadera clase sobre gestion de recursos humanos. De entrada no este la manera mas positiva de abordar un libro. Sin embargo, no se puede negar que la informacion es clara y amplia. Mis problemas con este libro estan relacionados por un lado, con la edicion, que dista de ser perfecta y en varias ocasiones se encuentran errores de traduccion o redaccion que hacen que las oraciones no tengan sentido. Por otro lado, esta la pertinencia, de la que no tiene culpa el autor ni el contenido, pero la informacion es pertinente basicamente solo a Estados Unidos, especialmente en torno a lo legal, las normas de seguridad, los paquetes de beneficios, etc. Tiene algunas adaptaciones para España, que creo que se quedan muy cortas, aunque tampoco tenian ninguna utilidad practica para un estudiante mexicano, como era el caso en mi curso. Definitivamente no muy util para Mexico (ademas de que insiste en escribir Mejico todo el libro y me da un no se que cada vez que lo veo.)
El libro ademas tiene un tono totalmente insultante para cualquier latinoamericano. Aparentemente vivir en Mexico o en cualquier pais de America Latina es el equivalente caricaturesco de traer puesto un poncho y un sombrero, andar en burro y dormir la siesta junto a un nopal. No me cayo en gracia la ignorancia. En el capitulo sobre RRHH internacionales habla mucho de tener sensibilidad cultural, pero es dificil considerar el contenido cuando todos aquellos que no son europeos o estadounidenses son poco mas que salvajes flojos, autoritarios, sin normas, que necesitan la mano dura pero comprensiva de Papi EUA.
Finalmente, creo que el libro le da demasiada importancia en una especia de circulo de masturbarcion al papel del administrador de recursos humanos. Se entiende que no puede decir un libro en esta materia, 'Va, no somos la columna vertebral de la empresa, es mas, quizas seamos completamente innecesarios en muchos negocios' pero se dan unos aires de importancia, como si manejar personal fuera la actividad central de la empresa. Es una parte, importante claro, pero no es para tanto. Con razon todo mundo le tiene tanto odio a los departamentos de RH, los entrenan para ser insoportables. ...more
I would have liked to read a bit more about the way a city can work as a transition town. Definitely a very different way of living, and something I wI would have liked to read a bit more about the way a city can work as a transition town. Definitely a very different way of living, and something I would like to to see applied in my city, but a bit hard to imagine how to even get started in such a disconnected place. It was a very enthusiastic read, though it felt very unfinished. It's definitely a process, so that's why it read that way, but it failed to fully engage me through the book. ...more
Definitely a very interesting and thought provoking read, I found myself feeling both surprised and saddened that this was written almost 40 years agoDefinitely a very interesting and thought provoking read, I found myself feeling both surprised and saddened that this was written almost 40 years ago and we're still dealing with the same kind of problems, only made worse. This is a philosophy book more than it is a gardening book, but it is because of the philosophy and the way of life it promotes that you could ever think of make the type of cultivation it proposes happen. Perhaps the measures that we would need to take to change our way of life would be too extreme. But if we can begin to change, to give up all this unnecessary desires and step out of the rat race, maybe we can be happier. ...more
This book is quite the game changer if you, like me, had a very traditional understanding of gardening and what a garden should look like. As a designThis book is quite the game changer if you, like me, had a very traditional understanding of gardening and what a garden should look like. As a designer, it completely changed my way of seeing landscaping and what a landscape should look like and work like. This book teaches the basics of permaculture in a practical, non preachy way. It helps you design a forest garden, gives you the bases to work with large scale gardens and small scale gardens -though the actual small scale gardens could use more information, I'm sure there's other books on small spaces. What's important is that once you understand the principles -the major one can be summed up in: nature is doing fine without you, maybe you should let her do her thing- the garden looks like a completely different canvas. It's not 'how can it look good?' but 'what is missing in this ecosystem?'. Why wasn't I thinking about gardens as ecosystems?
This is definitely part of what is missing in our designers, landscapers and architects education. Until we ask ourselves, what is nature doing and how can I emulate it, we're going to keep hitting the same walls, investing time, energy and resources in our gardens and houses and cities, and we're gonna keep trying to invent solutions for problems we created ourselves.
I feel like this book is a nice introduction to the universe it is set on, giving you insights and glimpses of the kind of world it is, the life theyI feel like this book is a nice introduction to the universe it is set on, giving you insights and glimpses of the kind of world it is, the life they have, and what can you encounter in it. In a way, it deviates from what I am used to find in steam punk, encountering creatures that seem to belong to other genres, but I think that those surprises make the world richer and more interesting.
The narrative is very breezy and is easy to fall into step with it, and the characters begin quite naive and young and grow older and darker as the book progresses. The feeling of foreboding about the future of these people you are reading about becomes rather personal if you have felt that way about your life as well -that is, the nostalgia of youth, the dread of what lies ahead, the fear of how you might be less than what you thought you would be, who you might become and what would your young you think of that person.
I feel like the actual plot of the story takes a while to start, though in a way the main conflict feels more like an excuse to explore the world and the characters. The world, though, ends up being the biggest of the characters, the most striking one, perhaps because you can feel it's arc is only starting. ...more
Not my favorite PKD book, though still an interesting exploration of an alternate history universe where Nazi Germany and Japan won the war. The charaNot my favorite PKD book, though still an interesting exploration of an alternate history universe where Nazi Germany and Japan won the war. The characters are all a bit annoying, though, it's hard to like them in a 'I wish we were friends' kind of way, but you still feel pretty bad for them when the shit hits the fan, so they aren't entirely assholes either. The pace and structure of the book is strange, as there's a sort of japanization of English that is used thoroughly and it's hard to fall in sync with it.
The end is a bit abrupt and confusing, though I've mused much about it -which in itself indicated this is a good book to me, bad books I don't give a second thought to- and I think it breaks the fourth wall and the book actually ends when the characters realize they aren't real, but characters in a book. Maybe I read the ending wrong, but I like the meta realization and how they last three characters take that knowledge, so I'm sticking with it. ...more
Err, I don't even know what to say about this book. For starters, I didn't know this wasn't the first book of the saga, so clearly I kind of just jumpErr, I don't even know what to say about this book. For starters, I didn't know this wasn't the first book of the saga, so clearly I kind of just jumped in the Courtney's party and was a bit confused. Second, I did not foresee the amount of smut this book runs with. Not bad smut, really, just, woah, caught me by surprise the first few super raunchy scenes. There was one swash buckling battle followed by some raunch for the first hundred pages or so.
The characters were pretty shallow as far as characters go and our young hero not necessarily very charming -though we are induces to believe that he is, he kind of doesn't charm much out of you. I liked Aboli, his free man african king friend/caretaker. He wasn't more fleshed out that anyone else but I liked him anyway.
So.. it was entertaining, and there was a lot of adventure, though it was a bit of slow reading because no character truly caught me so I didn't really feel like reading it. Was on the verge of dropping it a couple of times but I went on and in the end I can say I enjoyed it. Weird politics and raunch and battles and all. It was.. a book indeed. ...more
I felt like Contact is a book that tries to hard to be a story. I really enjoyed the way it made radio astronomy more approachable and closer to the rI felt like Contact is a book that tries to hard to be a story. I really enjoyed the way it made radio astronomy more approachable and closer to the reader by adding the human factor. The politics were, I suppose, a product of it's time (not that we're that much further along in that regard) but I feel like it dragged a bit in that aspect. The religious aspect of the book, I felt, was timid. Having an agnostic as a point of view is bound to be infuriating for atheists and religious people alike, there is no real commitment to an agnostic. Now, we can read that as scientific prudence, but if you have been to either side of the religious argument this aspect is only going to grate on you. There is very little middle ground in the theoretical field, so in the book's situation, where it's so much less theoretical, I found it hard to sympathize with that posture. The spiritual experience, the contact itself, was perhaps less sci-fi than I expected, and I felt that 2001: Space Odyssey did a better job of it. In the end I felt like the book had a lot in common with Space Odyssey but that did it less well. ...more
Pretty heartbreaking, I enjoyed this quite a lot. Following Charlie through his journey of self discovery, his realization that people are not alwaysPretty heartbreaking, I enjoyed this quite a lot. Following Charlie through his journey of self discovery, his realization that people are not always nice -and then back from that journey at the end- I found some of the questions it poses about happiness to be really depressing. Early in the book it's stated, the more intelligent you are, the more problems you have. And I suppose it's true. His journey to genius leaves him unhappy, angry, desperate and isolated, incapable of making real contact with people. There comes a point where Charlie has a kind of Space Odyssey moment, his mind sort of hallucinating a melding with the macro and the micro, which is really cool, but in the end very sad. Tied to humanity and our fears, our senses of self, he can't let go. But he can't also *be* part of society, he is beyond that? Or perhaps he's just kind of an asshole as everyone notes at some point or other in the book. You want to like Charlie because you used to like him, you feel bad for him, but he's also such a major dick at times, it's hard to sympathize with him. However... it's a sort of logical progression, his intellectual growth pairing up with his lack of empathy and patience and human warmth. Maybe it shouldn't be logical, but it's easy to see how he got there. I don't know. I felt bad for him on his way down, but he hadn't even been happy, not once, not truly, so I wasn't even that sad for him....more